Betweeen 1966 and 2008, 7,087,451 marriages took place in the state of Texas. For the first time, all of these records are available to public in a convenient, readable format on TexasMarriageRecords.org.
You might also be interested in our sister site, TexasDivorceRecords.org, which lists divorces that happened in the state of Texas between 1968 and 2011.
Where to Find Texas Marriage Records
Members of the public can locate and access Texas marriage records on several other websites besides TexasMarriageRecords.org. The accessibility and quality of these websites and the data they provide vary, however.
The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Vital Statistics Unit provides free access to marriage application indexes on its website (http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/vs/marriagedivorce/mindex.shtm). A person searching for marriage records cannot search by name or date but can download a file that contains information from all of the marriage applications filed in a single year. The download time for each file may be long, as each file includes 140,000 to 166,000 records, but once the download is complete, the person can search for names.
Ancestry.com has a database that is easy to search and provides scans of actual Texas marriage records (http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8795). Once users type a name in the search interface, they have access to a comprehensive range of documents. Ancestry.com charges a yearly fee of $39.95 by credit card or PayPal. A one-time seven-day free trial is available. The member must cancel the trial before it expires to avoid the membership charge. To cancel, click on “help” at the bottom of the website or in “my accounts,” click “I want to cancel my membership or change billing options,” and click “subscription options.”
GenWed.com’s database of Texas marriage records links to Archives.com (http://www.genwed.com/state/txgen.htm). Therefore, to view any of the marriage records on this website, the user must start a free trial or purchase an Archives.com membership. GenWed.com’s links to marriage record information for each Texas county transfer the user to USGenWeb Archives (http://usgwarchives.org/). When the user clicks on “order vital records online” on GenWed.com, he or she is transferred to USAVital.com, a vital statistics records company located in Colorado. USAVital.com charges $35 for each Texas marriage certificate record.
State Marriage Records says it provides marriage verification letters for a fee of $20 (http://www.states-marriage-records.com/texas-marriage-records/). It does not provide copies of marriage certificates. When a person clicks on “Texas Marriage Records” or “Click to Start Search,” he or she is transferred to a website run by Complete Investigation Services.
GenLookups.com allows people to search free marriage record indexes by typing a first and last name (http://www.genlookups.com/texas_marriages/). While its data is similar to data provided by the DSHS Vital Statistics Unit, it is easier to access since the website can be searched by name. Several search fields on the right side of the website link to Archives.com.